Photo credit: Wiki Commons
Photo credit: Wiki Commons

Updated at 4:20 p.m. Jan. 8, 2015

After eight years, Judge William C. Gentry has stepped down from the San Diego Superior Court bench, it was announced Friday.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Gentry to the bench in 2008. Prior to his appointment, Gentry spent 13 years in criminal law working for the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office (1998-2008) and Kern County District Attorney’s Office (1995-98). In 2004, he was commissioned as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve, JAG Corps.

“I have very much enjoyed my eight years as a Superior Court judge with the San Diego Superior Court, however, I have decided to take an early retirement to pursue other opportunities,” Gentry said.

During his judicial tenure, Judge Gentry presided over Criminal and Family matters in Central, South and East divisions of the court and most recently oversaw criminal arraignments in North County.

“Judge Gentry has been a valued colleague,” Presiding Judge Jeffrey Barton said. “His significant contributions to the court and public we serve have been a credit to his professionalism and integrity. He will be missed.”

Gentry, 48, earned his doctorate degree from the Western State University College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California San Diego.

His retirement will be effective Feb. 9.

—City News Service